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A Family of Houndstooth Hats


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This family of hats uses unique construction to create a lined, super warm, easy care hat sized to fit every member of the family. A provisional cast on starts the facing/bottom trim in an easy 4 row stripe pattern. When the desired head circumference is reached, live stitches are grafted to the provisional cast on stitches. Stitches are then picked up along the top edge and the houndstooth pattern is worked using the traditional fair isle technique. The pattern changes back to the stripe pattern for crown shaping. Easy finishing includes folding the facing to the inside, leaving a 1/2" border at the bottom, and sewing into place. The facing covers the floats from the fair isle knitting which keeps them from getting caught on hair accessories or pulled by curious little fingers! Personalized embellishments could include an I-cord leaf with crochet flower for mom, just the flower for big sister, and a pom pom for little brother. Dad would probably prefer no embellishment at all. That's OK, too! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit in the round Basic Fair Isle knitting with 2 colors Kitchener Stitch Provisional CO GAUGE 20 st/30 rows in Stockinette Stitch = 4"/10 cm SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Toddler, Child, Woman, Man 16(18, 22, 24)" (40.6, 45.7, 55.8, 60.9 cm) circumference 63/4 (71/2, 81/4 , 9)" (17, 19, 21, 22.8 cm) high SUGGESTED YARN 200 yards of Sport weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN KnitPicks Brava COLORWAY 1 skein ea #25664 White (MC) and# 25681 Fairy Tale (CC).

Supplies Needed

  • Size 4 (3.5 mm) 16" (40.6 cm) circular needle
  • Size 4 (3.5 mm) dpn
  • Spare needle (for grafting)

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Gressman Originals
Gressman Originals
I retired from teaching several years ago to help my daughter with daycare. Her 3 boys keep me busy during the day but my nights are all mine! I enjoy teaching knitting at my LYS and designing knitwear. You can find me on Ravelry as onlygrandsons.